Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy 85th Birthday Charles Dumont

Charles Dumont was born on March 26, 1929 in Cahors, Lot, France. The son of a communist activist working for Latécoère in Toulouse where he lived in the neighborhood of Cote Pavee.
Until the 1960s, he composed, sometimes under pseudonyms, Dalida, Gloria Lasso, Luis Mariano and Tino Rossi. That's when he developed a collaboration with lyricist Michel Vaucaire. Together they wrote in 1956 ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ recorded in November 1960 by Édith Piaf and ‘Mon Dieu’ in 1960. Following would be a large contribution to the repertoire of the singer with forty-one titles,Flonflons du Bal à Mon Dieu’ to ‘Les Amants’ Piaf and Dumont wrote and sang together in 1962. In 1963, he composed for her ‘Je m'en remets à toi’, with lyrics by Jacques Brel, the singer will die before he could record it. Charles Dumont recorded it in 1964. It was integrate in 2007 in the show "Piaf, I Love You ", performed at the Olympia (Paris) by singer Marie Orlandi.
Dumont also composed for television, ‘Michel Vaillant’ in 1967, and film, “Trafic” by Jacques Tati in 1971. That same year he met the American singer Barbra Streisand, who gets ‘Le Mur’ and a hit with the title ‘I've Been Here’. Dumont scored the 1968 Euro-western, “The Belle Starr Story” featuring the song ‘No Time for Love’ sung by Elsa Martinelli.
Charles started in the 1970s a more personal career and interprets his own compositions where love and women hold a special place: ‘Une chanson’ (1976) andLes amours impossibles’ (1978), both were gold records .
On March 28 and 29, 2004, Charles Dumont celebrated his 50-year career at the Bataclan in Paris.
Today we celebrate Charles Dumont’s 85th birthday.

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